Helicopter parenting is something I know a lot about, not because I have parented this way but because I was parented this way.
Sadly, helicopter parents are parents who take parenting to the extreme. Parents who take too much responsibility for their children’s lives and experiences, without allowing their children to experience things for themselves.
Helicopter parents over-parent. They will constantly involve themselves in their children’s lives in a controlling way and become over-protective towards them. They are less inclined to let their children make or live their own lives.
Helicopter parenting can happen at any age. When children have been brought up this way, they will end up struggling with confidence and self-esteem issues, because they will not have been encouraged to think and do things for themselves.
As a consequence, helicopter parented children will also feel less confident in dealing with stressful issues when they’re adults. All children will be affected by this form of parenting. Although we may understand the way we’ve been parented, it’s how we perceive their parenting that will ultimately change the way we live our life. There is a life beyond that style of parenting.
It’s important to think about that style of parenting and to recognise its traits. I made myself aware. Helicopter parenting usually ends when that parent is no longer in our lives or dies.